Originally Posted by cashmonee
Just called Comcast about getting service for the upcoming baseball season. Since when do they charge for HD channels? They charge with the box or a CableCard. I was interested in the advertised special for $24.99, but to get HD on both TVs will nearly double that price!
For those that have Comcast, has the compression gotten any better? I remember CBS being especially poor. Also, on all of these new stations, is there actual HD programming or is most of it like 'Charmed' on TNT? I am trying to decide if it is worth $8 a TV.
I used to have Comcast (now DirecTv) & the CBS issue is really on ch 47's end, not Comcast's. Pretty much the same signal quality regardless of how it's getting pumped to your TV.
HD subscription is required. It includes all HD channels in the package that don't cost extra. Will pay extra for NFL Network, I believe. Any premiums subscribed to will get you those stations HD signals for no additional fees.
Used to be around $11 a month for Comcasty HD service. When I had them, the HD & DVR fees were rolled into one $11/month charge. May have increased since then. I simply went with D* as my Comcast bill was getting rather high ($100/mo for 1 TV, HD DVR, HD package & NO premium channels). D* got me more HD at the time + HBO for less $$. Plus, no extra charge for NFL Net, NBATV HD or NHL Channel HD.
As to the new Comcast HD additions:
Food TV - runs a separate, all-HD channel made up of FOOD shows. An HD/SD simulcast is comingsoon, though.
TLC - either HD or upconverted (blown up/cropped - not stretched) SD
AMC - not sure
Animal Planet - same as TLC
Sci-Fi - either HD or letterboxed/upconverted SD - no stretch. BSG reruns, for example, are shown both in HD as well as letterboxed SD (seems to depend on the time it's aired). S4 will obviously be HD/16x9.
CNN - always "HD", but SD stuff has the CNN pillarbox bars much like ESPN's. Some shows like ANDERSON COOPER 360, for example are in fact true HD.